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Midnight in Madrid (Russian Trilogy Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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When a mysterious relic is stolen from a Madrid museum, people are dying to discover its secrets. Literally.

U.S. Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca returns from Conspiracy in Kiev to track down the stolen artwork, a small carving called The Pietà of Malta. It seems to be a simple assignment, but nothing about this job is simple, as the mysteries and legends surrounding the ...
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Midnight in Madrid (Russian Trilogy Series #2)

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Overview

When a mysterious relic is stolen from a Madrid museum, people are dying to discover its secrets. Literally.

U.S. Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca returns from Conspiracy in Kiev to track down the stolen artwork, a small carving called The Pietà of Malta. It seems to be a simple assignment, but nothing about this job is simple, as the mysteries and legends surrounding the relic become increasingly complex with claims of supernatural power.

As aggressive, relentless, and stubborn as ever, Alex crisscrosses Europe through a web of intrigue, danger, and betrayal, joined by a polished, mysterious new partner. With echoes of classic detective and suspense fiction from The Maltese Falcon to The Da Vinci Code, Midnight in Madrid takes the reader on a nonstop spellbinding chase through a modern world of terrorists, art thieves, and cold-blooded killers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310563105
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Russian Trilogy Series , #2
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 346,178
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Noel Hynd has sold more than four million copies of his books throughout the world, including The Enemy Within and Flowers From Berlin.  His most recent novel, Hostage in Havana, is the first book in the Cuban Trilogy starring Alexandria LaDuca.  Hynd lives in Culver City, California.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    It was okay.

    The first book "Conspiracy in Kiev" was great. However, the second book of this trilogy didn't get interesting until the very end. There was too much information about the history of the spanish war and other events and not enough intriguing dialogue.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    New Favorite Read

    This was another excellent read from Noel Hynd. I had thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series due to its fast paced action sequences and very impressive and engaging storyline. The second book in the series lived up to my expectations and brought me on another thrill ride. This time, Alex is taken from her vacation to go back into the force and finds herself on another mission that could possible harm her life. Once again, the historical research and details in this book are top notch. I learned a lot about art history from this book. Also of interest was the history of the Spanish Civil War. That is a topic that is usually never brought up in history classes and I've only read about it one other fiction series, so to see it here was a delightful surprise. If only for the historical facts alone, this book is a gem. I really like how the author uses current events to develop the story without having to resort to using pop culture references that go out of date almost immediately. The locales in this book are exotic and I really enjoyed reading about the history of Spain. It made me feel like I was actually there. A lot of the conversation deals with political issues, which can possibly get boring at times, but if you want to learn while you read, this is a fun and exciting way to get some knowledge.

    There is, again, quite a bit of violence in this book. There's nothing gory, but the action sequences are very intense and there are many of them. The scene near the end is quite nail biting and a bit terrifying. There is some language but it's been bleeped out. The only thing in the book I did not seem to get was Alex and Peter's relationship. One minute Peter's the good guy, the next he's the bad guy and by the end of the book I still couldn't tell which side he was on. It made me wonder if Alex was able to tell as well. As I finished this book, all I could think was that Noel Hynd has become one of my new favorite suspense authors. I've honestly never really enjoyed reading a book more. This series is on par with mainstream books and would hold up to all the major suspense kings of literature. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. HIGHLY recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    International intrigue

    Noel Hynd's book Midnight in Madrid, one of The Russian Trilogy, was so good I didn't want the book to end. The book has political intrigue, non-stop action, historical references, and descriptive locations. It is a political/spy thriller about international crime.The story is wonderfully descriptive and includes information about art theft and historical references of Spain. The book is so well-written that the story just takes off and does not stop the suspense and surprises until the very end.The main character of Alex (Alexandra LaDuca) is very likeable as she struggles with the moral and ethical decisions she has to make in the course of her high-stakes job. She relies on her faith, but also struggles with doubt and questions _ as do real people of faith. This book is not a Christian book that preaches anything; it is a book by a person of faith who creates characters that struggle with faith and moral issues.The other two books in this trilogy are Conspiracy in Kiev and Countdown in Cairo. Noel Hynd has also written the novels, The Enemy Within, Flowers from Berlin, and Ghosts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2010

    Good one

    Nice book.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    A Great Read!

    This was one of my first downloads for my Nook and it was a fabulous read. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Characters were well developed and the plot was complex enough to keep my attention.

    If you're a fan of books like The DaVinci Code, then you'll probably like this one too.

    This is a new author for me; I look forward to reading more from Noel Hynd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2010

    Where less is more

    There are a few pros to this book. The plot was fairly interesting, following an American secret agent in Europe trying to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of an unusual piece of art. The author has a wonderful knack for description. The violence and death scenes were probably comparable to a Quentin Tarantino-directed film in many ways, enough to make you wince a little but still keep you hooked.

    On the other hand, I felt that the book really dragged. Too much description in too many areas. And the plot didn't really get moving until it was near the end. What really got me was that the protagonist is on her computer more half the time and the reader is forced to follow along. I kept thinking that there are probably better ways to drop clues about the mystery or look into the historical background than revealing it through email! Furthermore, I found several abrupt parts to the story that add very little to the reader's comprehension of the characters or the plot. An in-depth theological conversation, for instance, pops out of nowhere and then, doesn't get weaved back into the rest of the story. I guess I would have preferred it if the plot had moved along sooner and the author had skipped out on writing about Alex's emails.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Good book

    Very good for a free book

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Thrilling but Violent

    Incredibly written, but I had trouble reading it and finishing it due to the graphic detail of several murders. Very violent in places. I also wished for more Christian content and thought that the publisher would have required that.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    Midnight in Madrid

    I found this a very well-written, interesting and thrilling novel. I liked the female heroine very much and found her both likeable and believable. She was bright and very capable. Her adventures were quite exciting and kept you on the edge of your seat. Whenever I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it back up again. I also liked the settings and the places her adventures took her. All-in-all, an excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

    Another James Bond writer in the making

    The first page of this book grabbed hold and I couldn't put down my nook until I was done reading it. Every part of the story made me feel as if I were watching this book as a movie. Between the history of the land and the circumstances of the situation, the author did a wonderful job folding that into a perfect plot. When I was done reading it, I felt that it was a book that may have told a true story somehow, somewhere..just too real.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

    Loved it

    Noel Hynd's book Midnight in Madrid, one of The Russian Trilogy, was so good I didn't want the book to end. The book has political intrigue, non-stop action, historical references, and descriptive locations. It is a political/spy thriller about international crime.

    The story is wonderfully descriptive and includes information about art theft and historical references of Spain. The book is so well-written that the story just takes off and does not stop the suspense and surprises until the very end.


    The main character of Alex (Alexandra LaDuca) is very likeable as she struggles with the moral and ethical decisions she has to make in the course of her high-stakes job. She relies on her faith, but also struggles with doubt and questions - as do real people of faith. This book is not a Christian book that preaches anything; it is a book by a person of faith who creates characters that struggle with faith and moral issues.

    The other two books in this trilogy are Conspiracy in Kiev and Countdown in Cairo. Noel Hynd has also written the novels, The Enemy Within, Flowers from Berlin, and Ghosts.

    I have received so many good books this year, but this is certainly one of my top favorites.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Great Book by a Great Author!

    Midnight in Madrid, written by bestselling author Noel Hynd, is a fast-paced, spellbinding chase entering the world of terrorists, art thieves and cold-blooded killers. When a valuable and ancient relic called The Pieta of Malta was stolen from a museum in Madrid, US Treasury Agent Alexandra La Duca is sent to investigate it. Still recovering from the death of her fiance, Alexandra or Alex agrees to investigate. Not long after she arrives in Madrid, she discovers that people are dying in connection to the theft making her believe that there is more to this theft than meets the eye.

    Despite the constant threat and danger to her life, she pursues the investigation doggedly. She is joined by a new partner, an Asian man whom she is not sure that she can trust. As more and more people die in connection to the theft of the Pieta, she becomes convinced that there is a conspiracy brewing against the US embassy which threatens to harm thousands more.

    Throughout the story, Alex struggles with the reality of her faith in God in relation to her work. She holds unforgiveness in her heart for the people that killed her fiance. Midnight in Madrid takes its readers on a non-stop chase

    I mentioned in another review that I love suspense/thrillers. Well, I also love government conspiracies. My favorite author in this genre is Jeffrey Archer. It was a pleasure reading Midnight in Madrid by Noel Hynd. The book is full of exciting twists and turns in the story that I read it quickly through the first time, and read it again slowly the second time to get in more of the details. The book has some violence to it since it involves terrorists and criminals, without it this book would not be realistic. There are no sex scenes in this book and I appreciate that the heroine is very decent.

    Noel Hynd has over four million books in worldwide and is also the bestselling author of The Enemy Within, Flowers from Berlin, and Ghosts.

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